Super comforting side dish filled with delicious flavors. Easy make-ahead dish. Serve with hot dogs, chips, or just on their own.
½ pound pastrami, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups pinto beans or kidney beans, soaked overnight, drained
Heat a 5 quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the pastrami and cook for 5 minutes. Add the onion and saute until beginning to soften and become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Add the beans and 5 cups water to the pot, stirring to combine. Bring the beans to a boil, reduce the heat and cover. Cook over medium-low heat until the beans are tender, about 2 hours. Adjust the seasoning, if necessary.